For Immediate Release:

Communities In Schools to celebrate nearly 150 graduating high school students; honor PPL employee Tonya Harris at 4th Annual Ready, Set, Graduate breakfast.

Allentown, PA – May 13, 2019 On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, nearly 150 local students will celebrate high school graduation and the work of Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley (CIS) at Centennial Catering & Conference Center in Center Valley, PA at 8:30 a.m. As the school year ends, we bring students and their supporters together to celebrate success, recognize resiliency, and champion the CIS mission in the greater Lehigh Valley. Our students have faced overwhelming barriers on their paths to graduation and many are the first in their family to graduate high school or go on to post-secondary education. At this breakfast event, CIS will also present its annual Joan Benner Fuller Scholarship Award and honor Tonya Harris, PPL Corporation, with its “Ready, Set, Graduate!” Award.

The CIS Lehigh Valley Class of 2019 is comprised of students from Allentown School District (Louis E. Dieruff High School, William Allen High School, Allentown ReEngagement Center); Bethlehem Area School, District (Freedom High School and Liberty High School); East Penn School District (Emmaus High School), Easton Area School District (Easton Area Academy and Easton Area High School), and Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI). Those joining us at the event will include representatives from our school district partners, local supporters; and representatives from local Ready, Set, Graduate! sponsors, including, Olympus Corporation of the Americas, UPMC Health Plan, Capital BlueCross, Allied Personnel Services, Lafayette Ambassador Bank, PPL Corporation, and more.

At this year’s celebration, we will present our annual Joan Benner Fuller Scholarship award to CIS student Alyssa H. of Easton Area High School. CIS will also honor Tonya M. Harris, Esq., Counsel of PPL Services Corporation, with our “Ready, Set, Graduate!” award for her commitment to championing the mission of CIS at William Allen High School (WAHS), her Alma mater. In the past two years, Harris has worked directly with our team at WAHS to uplift a new, annual school-wide initiative, called The Student Leadership Conference for over 75 students every year. She also serves as a consistent, positive role model to students at the high school, leading a group of PPL volunteers in mentoring throughout the school-year.

“At PPL, we believe that education is vital for vibrant, sustainable communities and we support programs like CIS through grants and dedicated volunteerism,” said Lissette Santana, senior manager of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability for PPL Corporation. “We congratulate Tonya on this well-deserved recognition. Through her volunteer efforts she is powering a brighter tomorrow for students.”

Join us in cheering on our students and celebrating a year of success stories. More information is available here.

About Communities In Schools (CIS) Lehigh ValleyWith team members in 30 schools in Allentown School District, Bethlehem Area School District, East Penn School District, Easton Area School District, Reading School District, and Whitehall-Coplay School District, CIS’ mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.


Press Contact: Brittany Pierzga, Director of Advancement & Communications

Cell: 610-295-9467